Cycling in/around Red River, NM

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  1. Cornelius TX

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    Hello!

    My family and I will be in RR next week and my brother and I are bringing our mountain/gravel bikes. Any experience/good recommendations for some good local gravel/dirt trails? Not looking to do singletrack/technical stuff.

    Thanks!
     
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    Just be sure to take your air-conditioned space suits.
     
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    Red River is at roughly 9,000' elevation. They might touch 80F for an hour or so today.

    Sorry OP... can't help ya, but enjoy yourself up there! Beautiful country.
     
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    Good sources for all over. At times good to use them together.

    https://gravelmap.com
    https://ridewithgps.com

    MTB Project can have easier and gravel routes. The popular MTBR forums and ridinggravel.com forum could be worth wasting time, disk space and bandwidth. Look at local bike shops "shop rides".
     
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    Bring some dust masks.

    It has been so parched over that way, that a lot of logging roads and old ranch roads will be dustier than normal I fear. 9,000 feet is always a good thing, this time of year - the nights will be cool enough for good tent camp sleep.

    Try to buy the National Forest Service paper folding maps for Carson Nat'l Forest and etc. There's incredible amounts of out of the way places - but you may wanna be on the lookout for what areas have burned recently.
     
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    Not a bad call. 500+ acre fire with zero containment is presently burning further south (Upper Rociada), but I think that's well enough away that it shouldn't be a factor. Got rain moving in this afternoon too so hopefully that's ameliorative.

    https://nmfireinfo.com/2021/06/14/rincon-fire-update-june-14-2021/
     
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    Thanks for the great info!
     
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    Worth mentioning if you're not already familiar with it, but 9K' is way up there in the thin air... might give yourself some time to adjust before hitting the trails and even then take some time.

    I was training for a marathon (at sea level) a few years ago and was up to a 15+ mile run on the weekends; visited my parents when they lived down south near Ruidoso, ran 5 miles at a very slow pace at 6,000' elevation and slept for 14 hours when I got back to my folks' place.
     
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    This will be great to keep in mind. Thank you.
     
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    Most welcome, it can definitely take the wind out of your sails. My sister drives over from Dallas every so often and at our 7,000' elevation here, she usually suffers some effect of the elevation change for at least a day.
     
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